Continuing the Delaney Family Legacy

Jim’s sons—Jim Jr., Dan, and Matt continue their family legacy by hosting their guests with pride.

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Our History


Who is the Founder of Delaney's?

James McKenna “Jim” Delaney is the founding father of Delaney’s Steak Seafood Wine in Madison, Wisconsin. His childhood was spent in Beloit, and his high school years were in Hartford. Jim earned a BS in Biology from St. Norbert College in DePere, Wisconsin. He was a life-long entrepreneur and served as an officer in the United States Marine Corp.

When was Delaney's established?

Delaney’s Restaurant was founded back in 1973, a business he loved and spent a career building. Jim met and exceeded customer expectations by changing the food and wine menu and by making significant remodeling updates to follow with the times.


Who currently manages Delaney's?

While Jim passed away in 2011, the legacy of the Delaney Family continues. Jim’s sons — Jim Jr., Dan, and Matt continue their family legacy by hosting their guests with pride.

About Us


What is Delaney's is best known for?

We are best known for providing our customers the “Best Dining Experience.” We have a responsibility not only to ourselves but to the folks who work here to make sure that we’re going to get this thing done and improve it.


Has Delaney's received any awards and recognitions?

Both Jim and Delaney’s Steak Seafood Wine earned many honors and accolades over the years. Perhaps, he was most proud to be a two-time winner of the Wisconsin Restaurant Association Restaurateur of the Year and to receive recognition from the Wisconsin State Senate.


Who works at Delaney's?

We have great team members, long term employees, and we take care of them. The actual years that some of our people have spent with Delaney’s can be something that we could also emphasize because that immediately speaks about how our employees are treated. Our Head Chef started working with us since 1987. We’ve had employees as long as 30 plus years. Even our kitchen staff, one of them has been with us for more than 18 years now.